First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Friday, November 15, 2019
Live and Share God's Love

From the Pastor

Jayneann McIntosh



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From Pastor Jayneann's Pen

Ah, where to begin… ?

We thought we were all set for our Express Day on October 9th, but then those with more wisdom than you or I, after assessing our readiness more fully, realized that First Church will better benefit from this resourcing with more time. “But!” you say, “We’re ready now!” I can empathize with you. I too wanted this to happen. Yet after taking time to process, I trust this is the better option.

In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul writes: “Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always” (12:12). Good words! For God does continue to reveal new possibilities for First Church. As long as we continue to be open to noticing them, we can still move forward in the ways we practice hospitality toward guests, connect with our neighbors, and take care of one another. Just as God can work with us through the MCCI, God can also work with us while we await that opportunity, just so long as we are willing to go where we’re led.

Switching topics, the first couple Sundays in November, we will continue our look at wholehearted generosity & giving. I know, I know... but how we use our money – keeping, saving or giving – is always a spiritual issue. As the Growing Generous Givers team has been hearing over and over, our task as leaders is to get you to “wrestle with God.” How, and how much, any of us give should always be decided after the wrestling.

The following week, we’ll take a look at Gratitude. Last month, I attended a 2. day training where our guest speaker was Diana Butler Bass. If you don’t know her name, she’s written a number of books.

I had to read some in seminary. More recently, I’ve been enjoying Grounded. Our October conversation was on her latest book, Grateful, She spoke of the word’s meaning (and baggage), and what gratitude means for us as Christians. I look forward to sharing some of this with you.

On Deer Opening Sunday… oops ... November 24, our gratitude and generosity theme will focus on the meaning of this Sunday before the beginning of Advent, called “Reign of Christ” Sunday.

Lastly, I want to tell you that you – yes, you – are one of the people that I’m especially thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Being here at First Church has given me joy and purpose. That said, if you heard that I am thinking about retirement at the end of June next year, the information is almost correct. I have, in fact, prepared my letter to the bishop requesting retirement. All that will remain after I send it is for him to decide whether or not to approve it. I realize I will have only been here three years and I’m barely retirement age, but after getting sick last spring-summer, I faced the hard truth that leading and caring for a faith community requires more time and energy than my body can sustain. We still have eight months together. Let’s make the most of it. And, please keep me in your prayers.